Hezbollah steps up preparations for Lebanon’s collapse
Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror organization is advancing its preparations for the possibility that the state may collapse, Reuters reported on Friday.
The group is expanding its food ration card system, importing medicine and preparing storage for fuel to be delivered by the organization’s patron, Iran, the report said.
These steps are aimed at broadening services provided by Hezbollah to its Shi’ite support base, which is mostly concentrated in southern Lebanon, as well as in south Beirut and the Bekaa Valley.
“The preparations have begun for the next stage. … It is indeed an economic battle plan,” said a source associated with Hezbollah, according to Reuters.
Having to again rely on factions for basic needs has reminded many Lebanese of the country’s civil war days between 1957 to 1990, the report said, noting that Lebanon’s currency has crashed and that food prices in the country have risen by 400 percent.
In January, the Tel Aviv-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said in a report that the crisis posed a “genuine challenge to Hezbollah, which strives to build a so-called resistance economy in its areas of control—that is, an economy parallel to the Lebanese economy.”
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